Next Gen

We are the Next Generation

There is always a next generation. The kids who grew up in the Squam community, spensummers on Squam, and hold Squam near and dear to their hearts eventually grow up and some have families of their own! New families move into old lake houses and new lake houses are occasionally built. We want to engage the next generation, whoever that may be, in an effort to continue the stewardship of the Squam watershed for generations to come.

NextGen Committee

The NextGen Committee was created to foster relationships between younger members’ families within the Squam community, resulting in deeper social bonds and more active participation in the stewardship of Squam’s land and character. Our group sponsors the monthly SLCS e-newsletters, plans community events and gatherings, and spends time together brainstorming strategies to continue to engage the next generation!

Committee Members: Corinna Beale (chair), Kat Armstrong, Mike Evans, Polly Grube, Emily Landry, and Amy Nordblom

The NextGen Committee meets once monthly on Wednesday evenings. Want to join us or learn more? Send us an email at nextgen@foreversquam.org

Events & Gatherings

Next Gen members hiked Whitten Woods on Saturday October 9 and then enjoy coffee and gathered for a snack and coffe on the porch at the Holderness Library.

“On October 9th the warm sunshine and crisp fall air showed up for our SLCS NextGen hike at Whitten Woods in Ashland. With excitement and chatter, we forged up the trail to the North Peak to take in the beautiful view of Squam Lake and the surrounding green forested hills which were sprinkled with the yellows and reds of early fall. We decided to take a picture of the group to document the moment, at which point I realized in my excitement about getting to talk in-person with my NextGen friends, I had left my 2 children (Quint 4, and Sloane 7: the next-next genners) and my husband Joe, a bit farther behind than I had intended. With the help of a felled tree, we were able to capture a somewhat un-centered selfie of the group before heading over to South Peak where we met up with my kids and husband for another incredible view. This time we were able to capture a decent picture of the group with the help of my husband, kids, and the picnic table.
The hikers log at South peak was full, so we borrowed a corner of an artistic elementary drawing of scribbles to sign our names and document the moment.
After the hike, we stopped at the Holderness Library patio where we met up with a some more mixed-gen SLCS members. While the adults enjoyed some breakfast and coffee treats from the Squam Lake Marketplace, the kids explored the children’s room of the Holderness Library. Although the event was only a subset of our group, after many, many, zoom get togethers in 2020 and early 2021 it was encouraging to gather in-person. We are looking forward to seeing additional faces in person at our winter SLCS NextGen in-person event for some more fresh air, conserved land, and mingling in February 2022. All community members, SLCS members, two and four legged creatures welcome! Details on our website soon!”  – Corinna Beal

We are eager to welcome new ideas and expand our efforts and our community! If you have suggestions, please reach out to us at nextgen@foreversquam.org 

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